MARIACHI SPORT - GAWKING AT THE GOP CIRCUS

Charles Hurt in the Washington Times writes of the GOP’s affection for its likely nominee, Willard Mitt Romney:

‘Getting Republicans to line up behind Mitt Romney, it turns out, is like trying to stuff a cat into a trash can. No matter how you present the feline to the receptacle, at least one claw always manages to reach out at the last second and cling desperately to the rim…

…GOP voters were looking for a snow machine-racing, Harley-rumbling, trash-talking, manure-kicking executive with a Mississippi twang and now appear to be settling for a man whose giant portrait hangs in the grand Speaker’s Lobby off the House floor.’

OUCH! And this treatment comes at the hands of a stalwart conservative newspaper!

We mariachi hope that when GLAD garbage bags seeks out a new TV spokesman they will consider Mr. Hurt to put the hurt on trash.

SOURCE: Washington Times, Analysis/Opinion, Nov. 29, 2011 “Gingrich is GOP’s latest not-Romney.”  Accessed at WashingtonTimes.com, Nov. 29, 2011.
Hedy Lamarr
Inventor, Hollywood Screen Siren, Most Beautiful Woman in the World, Mariachi Commando (Class of 1952)

Hedy Lamarr

Inventor, Hollywood Screen Siren, Most Beautiful Woman in the World, Mariachi Commando (Class of 1952)

MARIACHI COMMANDO - Hedy Lamarr, Most Beautiful Woman in the World and Inventor Too

Mariachi Commandos have existed throughout the ages.  They exist whenever a great spirit inhabits a decent person.  Actress Hedy Lamarr, was such a person.  Today celebrity is granted to ridiculous entertainment acts and intellectual prowess is looked down upon, when scientists, inventors, teachers, activists and people who are working to make the world a better place are given short shrift.

Hedy Lamarr had risen to the apex of Hollywood having been recognized as the most beautiful woman in the world.  She was a brainy woman however who had no interest in parties and celebrity life.  She instead preferred intelligent conversation and inventing things at night.  She made her contribution in film, but felt her other work was as worthwhile, if not more.  She stood out then as an inventor, and she stands out now as a role model.  

She is therefore a Mariachi Commando, someone whom people can look to for inspiration that you can be a person of substance and glamour—they are not mutually exclusive.

MARIACHI MUSIC - RECRUITMENT VIDEO FOR THE 99% MOVEMENT - REPOST NOW TO A BEAT !

No time to write right now, but repost this video for friends who haven’t been paying attention yet.

MARIACHI GREETING - WAKING UP FROM A DREAM
Mariachi!  Thanksgiving comes this week and dinners will be hosted nationwide.  You may be invited to one.  If not, find anyone to talk to you.  Everyone is worth talking to sometime.  
Now that you have your captive audience, this is a perfect occasion to engage in political discussion.  Preface your talk by saying that no matter what is said, you will be friends, and that no one ever goes to bed angry since people will always disagree.
Then start talking facts.
Hopefully you will have armed yourself with them beforehand.  If not, argue from morals and first principles, for what is right and wrong for all people.  That is always a good place to start and it will train you in argumentation which is a very good thing.
Be sure to demure when the conversation gets too hot.  Your family relationships are extremely important and you should NEVER BE CARELESS WITH FAMILY!  If you enter dangerous territory, step back, and realize you have the power to be gentle.
Education can be a slow process.  There is no need to convert.  People rise to whatever occasion they can.  Do not judge them too harshly if it not be as high as you can jump.
In any case, your breech of etiquette will have started the family conversation that is occurring across the country about inequality and purchase of justice.  And THAT seed is worth giving thanks for.

MARIACHI GREETING - WAKING UP FROM A DREAM

Mariachi!  Thanksgiving comes this week and dinners will be hosted nationwide.  You may be invited to one.  If not, find anyone to talk to you.  Everyone is worth talking to sometime.  

Now that you have your captive audience, this is a perfect occasion to engage in political discussion.  Preface your talk by saying that no matter what is said, you will be friends, and that no one ever goes to bed angry since people will always disagree.

Then start talking facts.

Hopefully you will have armed yourself with them beforehand.  If not, argue from morals and first principles, for what is right and wrong for all people.  That is always a good place to start and it will train you in argumentation which is a very good thing.

Be sure to demure when the conversation gets too hot.  Your family relationships are extremely important and you should NEVER BE CARELESS WITH FAMILY!  If you enter dangerous territory, step back, and realize you have the power to be gentle.

Education can be a slow process.  There is no need to convert.  People rise to whatever occasion they can.  Do not judge them too harshly if it not be as high as you can jump.

In any case, your breech of etiquette will have started the family conversation that is occurring across the country about inequality and purchase of justice.  And THAT seed is worth giving thanks for.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

MARIACHI INTELLIGENCE - PREPARE TO REACT - HIT JOB PROPOSED ON OWS & 99% MOVEMENT

Mariachi!  Begin preparing defenses against opposition research of our movement intended to discredit us.  Basically, smear tactics are on the way.  These will likely expose personal faults.  Immunize yourselves with honesty, empathy, and humanity.  Question anyone who would cast the first stone.

Get in front of this attack! Let’s do this by focusing people of the greater argument.

Let’s ensure our message does not become diluted.  That is what our opponents want!  Let’s also begin to diminish the role of sex in politics.  Let’s disconnect philosophical integrity from being human.  Let’s also call out the hypocrisy of our opponents.  Use Newt Gingrich as an example.

Let’s look to the tactics of public relations for offense and defense.  Let’s also use our skills in social media.  Most of all, always, always, take the moral high road and stay on it!  This way we mariachi will continue to control our message!

What happens in this video is sickening.  These UC Davis students are sitting down nonviolently and a campus police officer hoses them with pepper spray as if they were bugs.  If this isn’t fascist behavior then we don’t know what is.  

The university chancellor is being called upon to resign.  

The officer of course should be fired immediately.  

There is frankly no justification at all for the action.  There was no threat to the officer.

Indeed, the use of police force is rarely questioned beyond civilian review boards and the actual rulings by these side oftentimes with the police.  

Perhaps more people other than minorities will see exactly how the police can act and begin putting police in their proper place: responsive to the preserving justice for the people.  Instead, too many follow orders as stormtroopers.  Decent police should join the 99% as Syrian defectors have left their own military to protest firing upon their neighbors.  This is the moral and mariachi thing to do.

There are a few police heroes though.

Here is a Philadelphia policeman, Captain Ray Lewis, who was handcuffed in New York objecting to the use of excessive force by NYPD officers.  Good for him!  And good for the the people.  He is the ideal of a Mariachi Commando, man of principles that side with the justice, who fights with the strong song of justice.  We wish there were more officers who would say ‘No, I will not harm my brother’ unless he is to going to harm himself or someone else.  Instead too many officers are brutalizing people because a park, in this case Zuccotti, was dirty!  How obscene such a claim is when people are starving!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocdnl4XlTOU&feature=player_embedded

Our police are so quick to beat down dissent for their corporate masters.  How ironic it is then that now in Tahrir Square in Cairo, again, the Egyptians are rising up against their military and police, WHO ARE NOT BEATING THEM!  

Maybe they soon will but the Egyptians now a few hundred thousand police cannot kill millions easily.  They will lose long before they can kill a dream.  But it is ironic and telling how having just emerged from decades of dictatorship they are treated better than Americans.

THE STRONG SONG OF JUSTICE - Mariachi!  Take heart!  We are winning.  The 99% is winning.  We have raised consciousness about economic inequity worldwide.  Another world is possible.  This Anonymous Ops projection project should elicit pride in you.

One day you will say you took part in changing this world.  Join us in changing this world!  

When you feel your revolutionary verve waning come here and see this video again and be inspired.  These are exciting times.  Act!  Study!  Chose wisely healthy options for a sustainable future for our species and Earth!  Be brothers and sisters again!

Fulfill humanity’s promise and let’s rise together and throw down the false idol of profit!  Rise Mariachi!  Rise!

MARIACHI EDUCATION - THE MORAL VISION OF THE 99% MOVEMENT - former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, speaks in Los Angeles (Occupy LA site).

Fellow mariachi, listen to a proven commando who puts in perspective the 99%/Occupy Movement.  Reich’s points are valid, concise and resonate.  Hearing this talk will help you articulate and educate your peers around in your community.  We won’t waste your time with drivel.  This talk matters.

MARIACHI OUTRAGE - The arrogance of Congressman Walsh is astounding in this clip of a meeting he held with constituents.  

He cries out about being ‘pissed off’ at how the markets are lambasted and about ‘his government’ and its proper role while ignoring the complaints of those he yells at who have another vision of proper governance.

Goldman Sachs’ revolving door with government is brought up and while agreeing it is a problem, Walsh say it is not ‘the problem’.  What accounts for the structural issues enlarging today’s wealth gap he will not say.  The problem he insists is that businesses respond to government, and not that government is bought by business.  To the voters in Walsh’s district, we Mariachi ask you to wake up.  This is not an admirable man.  This is a sociopath and a hypocrite.  Do yourselves a favor and elect the government you deserve and not the town crier.

So, here we have a Congressman railing at the people he is supposed to serve.  This is disrespectful in the extreme and worse, illustrates the idiocy of unadulerated free-market thinking.  Listen carefully to what is being said and resolve to do something about it.

PS  This clip should be run as a campaign advertisement ad nauseam in his district so the mariachi there can remove him from office post haste.

OCCUPY MECCA! Call to Action

Dear Muslim Mariachi ! You will meet soon for Hajj in Mecca. Yours is the largest gathering of humanity in the world and you will hear news from your brothers of change made by standing up for your rights.

You live in an exciting time where the future is in your hands. Learn from Tunisia, from Egypt, from Libya, and from the Occupation movement in America. Learn from each other, and go home and take charge of your destinies!

Occupy your kings’ palaces! Occupy your tyrants’ peace of mind! Occupy your future!!

Do not let this chance pass by. The rock rolls faster and faster down the hill.

Do not stop until you smash the chains tying your peoples down!

GOOD LUCK our Muslim mariachi brothers!

Featuring Elizabeth Warren, the 99% and a fair dose of history:  this is the best argument made so far the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act and for the Occupy movement.  Share this widely with your fellow mariachi!

Our fellow mariachi Jay Smooth speaks here about shilling.  Shilling is the nefarious art of speaking for the corrupt side with the intention to swindle or be duplicitous and in this case Jay Smooth speaks of right wing pundits who have lately fallen over each other trying to discredit the Occupy Wall Street movement.  

For a student of media spin, and especially right wing spin, the arguments made by these pundits are silly and Jay Smooth artfully lays out their absurdity.  

Listen to the clip, and be bemused knowingly when you hear the right wing’s talking points parroted again and again.  More importantly, point out to others the desperate attacks of these parrots who reach for anything to smear the character of the Occupy movement instead of simply looking inward as human beings and seeing the merit of a community-based culture over a profit-based culture.

Be sure to speak out against them  Keep singing that strong song of justice!

MARIACHI EDUCATION - THE ROOT OF CORRUPTION IS...

Mariachi, America’s political problems begin and end with the influence of money in electoral politics.

Elected officials can be bought in many ways but they prefer large amounts of money to finance their re-election campaigns.

These officials are making careers in ‘public service.’  In the old days people served a call of duty and then went back to their regular occupations.  President Harry Truman is a good example of the old school public servant.

In addition to the negative influence of money in campaigns and lobbyists writing legislation the American system is further corrupted at its most essential level at the Supreme Court.

Mariachi, the US Supreme Court’s rendering of its Citizens United decision allowing unlimited corporate financing to candidates, based on the specious argument that corporate giving is a form of protected speech, is of course the worst Supreme Court decision since Plessy vs Ferguson upholding Jim Crow laws.  

The affirming justices should be ashamed but the winning majority on the bench knows they’ve reset the political landscape in which each presidential candidate will spend over one billion dollars each for their run for the presidency.  

Since the justices’ decision is the final say-so based on their interpretation of the constitution itself, it will most likely be a constitutional amendment that will fix this which is of course a long slog for mariachi, but we are all about endurance and focus, verdad?  

And we mariachi are each teachers too.  It comes with the territory.  So let us educate our brothers and sisters on this issue since we must all be engaged to change our political culture lest what freedom is still left be commodified and sold.  

As has been said before: we get the system we deserve.  And the apathetic get a system that abuses the 99%.  To achieve a system that is humane, we must educate and we must run for office.  We must also change the terms of political discourse and refocus the public’s morality—this will be a major point for all Mariachi Commandos.

Sister mariachi Rachel Maddow speaks here of an example of how ridiculous campaign finance has become.  She speaks of political action committees (PACs) which are the prime vehicle for financing public political campaigns.

Indeed, the amount of money funneled by a few individuals (they can be counted on one hand), amounting to many millions in this 2012 election cycle, into the campaign coffers speaks to the wholesale purchase of American democracy.  Follow the money and you will see all.

The true absurdity of today’s campaign finance laws is exposed by an incredulous Stephen Colbert in the clip linked herein when he learns a 501c4 political action group (which has an unlimited cap for donations, which can only fund issues and not candidates, and which is not required to disclose donors) can give money to a regular political action group (which can only fund candidates, and is required to disclose funds, but which can receive money from 501c4 from ‘anonymous’ donors)!  

Colbert asks what the difference is between this and money-laundering.  

The answer is revealing.

MARIACHI REALITY CHECK - Just finished a phone call with Congressman Barney Frank’s office noting the barring of Bank of America customers from closing their accounts if they are also protestors.  We’ve asked the Congressman to speak on television about this egregious conduct and shame it.   

Customers at Citibank were arrested in New York City for attempting to do the same.

THIS SHOULD BE A REALITY CHECK EVERYONE ABOUT WHERE YOU STAND WITH THE BANKS.

So now Mariachi are you ready to move your money to a credit union?